Nearly a month after Jim Donovan was put on paid administrative leave following the Stevie wonder concert fiasco, the former athletic director returns to UH assuming a new, as-of-yet unspecified position.
Having booked a bogus concert with Stevie Wonder whose profits were to go to fund the UH athletic department, Donovan was quickly relieved of duties on July 11, one day after the booking error was discovered and the concert subsequently cancelled. The $200,000 deposit fronted by the university for the concert was soon discovered to be missing, campus officials suspecting themselves the victims of fraud.
While details of Jim Donovan's position are scant at best, a recent press released said Donovan "will have significant reponsibilities in designing, creating, articulating, marketing and communicating to the community, including assisting with the evolving land grant mission of the university." In march his salary will go from his current contract rate to $200,640 (eventually increasing to $211,200).
It is still unknown what will ultimately become of Sheriff Center manager Rich Sheriff, a second UH official put on indefinite paid administrative leave due to involvement in the same debacle.